Enemy is a repaint of Frenzy and Rumble. Stripes is a repaint and remold of Ravage. Wingthing is a repaint of Ratbat. Nightstalker is a new mold. Read my reviews of Frenzy, Ratbat, Ravage, and Rumble. This set is based on the cassettes that came with Encore Soundblaster and Twincast. The original inspiration for Enemy’s color scheme and name was the Generation One AM Radio & Headset.
Enemy is a pretty cool repaint. I wouldn’t say he’s that special, as he is not a classic character. You note that I did not attach one pile driver in the photos above. That is because mine came with 2 left pile drivers. After taking the pics I had to send it back for a replacement. This is the third time I’ve had a Masterpiece toy missing or with the wrong part in the last year. When Hasbro said they were uniting the global brand, I had hoped that meant we would get Takara’s quality control, which has historically been better than Hasbro. But alas…
Nightstalker is a whole new mold. He was created as a repaint of Steeljaw with Ravage’s weapons. I didn’t take a pic of the cassette from the back, but he is clearly designed to be remolded into Steeljaw. While not official yet, Masterpiece Blaster, Eject, Rewind, and Ramhorn are definitely coming down the line. (I suppose it might just be Blaster and Steeljaw, but doing them and not the Autobot cassettes and Ramhorn seems pretty unlikely.) Nightstalker looks great, though the way his front legs fold up in cassette mode could have been better.
Stripes paintjob looks great. They remolded Ravage to have Steeljaw’s weapons.
Wingthing is my favorite in the set. This mold looks awesome in these colors.
Overall: At around $100, this set is pretty expensive. It does have a whole new mold and a remolded toy, and is an opportunity to get the Ratbat mold that was only previously available with Soundblaster in Japan and the overpriced Botcon Ninja Force set. I would recommend it.
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